begin with, the Honda Hornet 2.0 has a lot of things that are different
compared to the outgoing Hornet that had a 162cc engine. If you look at the
dimensions, the length is 2047mm as compared to 2041mm, the width remains same
at 783mm, the height has decreased to 1064mm from 1091m and the wheelbase has
marginally increased to 1355mm as compared to 1346mm in the CB Hornet 160R.
What else has changed?
Honda Hornet 2.0 gets new LED headlamp with position lamp, new LED winkers and
X-shaped LED tail lamp. It gets a Golden Upside Down (USD) front fork, which
incidentally is a first in sub 200cc segment. It gets a monoshock rear
suspension. The motorcycle gets a new fully digital negative liquid crystal
meter. It displays information like Gear
Position Indicator, Service Due Indicator, Battery Voltmeter and comes with
customisable brightness (can be adjusted manually up to 5 levels).
there is the new engine stop switch for convenience during brief stops. It gets
a new aerodynamic design that ensures better handling of the motorcycle. The
bike has an aggressive forward leaning design with a chunky tank. It gives you
a race bike kind of feel when you are seated on it. The sporty character is
further accentuated with the short muffler, sporty new alloy wheel design and
alloy foot pegs.
Hornet 2.0 comes with a new key on tank feature. There is also a new sporty
split seat. Other features include dual, petal disc brakes with single channel
ABS, wider tubeless tyres with the front at 110mm and rear at 140mm. The
motorcycle also comes with a hazard switch. And to top it all, the motorcycle
gets a new 184cc HET BSVI PGM-FI engine.
a more powerful 184cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, compared to the
160R, the kerb weight of this motorcycle has marginally gone up by a mere 1
kilo at 142 kilograms. Thus it continues to be light and easy to handle. The
PGM-Fi system uses 8 onboard sensors to constantly inject optimum fuel and air
mixture to provide greater performance and superior efficiency.
moment you start your journey on this motorcycle, you realise that it exudes a
very muscular and sporty stance. It is so easy to ride and gives you immense
confidence on the move, thanks to the broad tubeless tyres.
engine has been perfectly tuned for city riding where you need bursts of
initial power and massive mid range torque. Do remember, that with the
government getting very strict about city speed limits all over the country,
this bike does not tempt you easily with very great speeds. It’s got adequate
speeds for our highways and streets. In fact, the gear throws are so short that
you actually feel that you have run out of gears after the fifth. Reaching
speeds of around 70 and 80kmph is a cakewalk for this machine. But it does kind
of take a bit of time to cross the 100kmph mark. I would say, Honda has made a
very practical motorcycle.
power delivery is ensured with a roller rocker arm which helps in reduction of
friction losses. The new engine also comes equipped with a piston cooling jet
that acts as heat absorbent hence improving engine thermal efficiency and
giving good fuel efficiency.
and handling is so endearing on this bike. And the bike is very planted on the
road at high speeds which instills a lot of confidence in the rider. Braking
too comes easy with disc brakes and ABS. Since the bike comes with a seal
chain, it needs less frequent adjustments and has a low maintenance cost.
is offering a special new 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years
optional extended warranty) on the Hornet 2.0. This motorcycle will be available
in four colours -Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis
Grey Metallic and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic.
Honda Hornet 2.0 is a perfect city bike. The 184cc engine produces perfect mid
range torque that is ideal for speeds on our streets. With it dynamic design
and sporty stance, it is bound to attract youngsters who are keen to experience
a bit of race like feel. It offers great stability at high speeds and has
several safety features that will go a long way in boosting the confidence of
both the rider and the pillion.